Transformers: Generation 1
|Sub-group(s)||Deluxe Vehicles, Stunticons|
|Partners||Drag Strip, Breakdown, Motormaster, Sky-Byte and Swindle|
|Motto||"We are all just food for rust."|
|Alternate Modes||Porsche 928, Cybertronian car, Dodge Viper Competition Coupe|
|Series||Transformers: Generation 1|
|Japanese voice actor||Phillip Clarke|
Dead End is a Decepticon who transforms into a Porsche 928. He is rather pessimistic and nihilistic, but also quite vain despite the pointlessness of it all. Nonetheless, he is a very effective warrior, remarked by Motormaster for his skills, yet difficult to motivate at time. He can combine with his fellow Stunticons to form Menasor.
Like all Scramble City style combiner limbs, he can form any limb of any combiner or combine with Metroplex.
Dead End first appears in the two-part episode "The Key To Vector Sigma". Like the other Stunticons, he is created after Megatron commissions Rumble to find him some vehicles to be turned into Decepticon warriors, in order to more effectively battle the Autobots on the roads. Megatron modifies the cars so they can transform into remote-controlled robots, and then takes them to Vector Sigma so they can be given personalities of their own. He returns to Earth with the other Stunticons and engages in the destruction of a military base, before being called on to form Menasor to battle the new Autobots, the Aerialbots. The Aerialbots combine into Superion, but Menasor is winning until a rebuilt Omega Supreme arrived and defeats him.
Much later, he battles Rodimus Prime, now leader of the Autobots, with fellow Stunticon Wildrider, and they both steal the Matrix of Leadership from him. They offered the Matrix to their leader, Galvatron, who then tossed it because he couldn't use its power.
Unlike previous series Dead End and the other Stunticons were not portrayed as recently created characters, but were Decepticons from Cybertron millions of years ago, like most other Decepticons. Initially just five individual Decepticons, the five who would become Stunticons were chosen in an experiment to improve on the combiner process which had created Devastator. Their combined form was called Menasor. Dead End himself joined Starscream's Predacon
The Stunticons appeared in the second Generation 1 mini-series where Menasor was revived by Rumble and Frenzy, killing the Omnibots, Roadbuster, Whirl, and damaging the Protectobots (combined as Defensor) before battling and being defeated by Ultra Magnus on Cybertron. With the closure of Dreamwave, the fate of the Stunticons is unknown.
The Stunticons made their first IDW Publishing appearance in issue 3 of The Transformers: Megatron Origin, appearing amongst Megatron's gathering of gladiators that would eventually become the Decepticons. Dead End was among the Decepticons who wished to rally Megatron,and was surprisingly rather optimistic about his chances to get on the team. The Stunticons reappeared much later on Earth, where Dead End raided a human gas station before being captured by Skywatch, then freed by Hot Rod and Swindle, who needed workers to built a spaceship to leave the planet. Dead End and the other Stunticons were later modified by Swindle to be able to combine, which they did in the ensuing battle against Ultra Magnus' and Hot Rod's forces. Menasor, as Swindle named it, was defeated by Optimus Prime and all the Stunticons taken into custody by Skywatch. Dead End would eventually find himself rescued from Skywatch a second time when the other Decepticons returned to Earth and attacked the base where the Stunticons were held.
Dead End is not seen but only mentionned by Breakdown and Streetwise, who both explain that the other members of their respective teams are dead.
Dead End appears in video game Transformers: War for Cybertron as a Downloadable Content.
- Generation 1 Stunticon Dead End (1986)
- Dead End was sold in 1986 by itself, and later with the other Stunticons as a gift package.
- Generation 2 Stunticon Dead End (1994)
- Samples of redecos of all the Stunticons were made for the Generation 2 toy line, but they never made it to general release. The few that were produced are considered highly collectible.
- Alternators Dead End (2004)
- Dead End is a redeco of Sideswipe, but with a Sunstreaker head. He is painted black with a few red stripes and transformers into a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe.
Transformers: Beast Wars Neo (1999)
|Series||Transformers: Beast Wars Neo|
Dead End is one of Magmatron's Predacons. He is a fierce warrior who enjoys battling. He transforms into an ammonite.
Dead End appears in the crowd listening to Magmatron's speech on Cybertron. He is a great strategist, but his plans are usually too elaborate for his troops to follow.
- Beast Wars Neo Dead End (1999)
- Dead End was sold in 1999 by itself, and later with the Maximal Break.
Transformers: Armada (2003)
|Motto||"My mind rots in the black house of crooked angles."|
Dead-End is Unicron's personnal Mini-Con. He transforms into a mechanical moon with a cannon.
Dead End was the Mini-Con partner of Unicron and was only sold with the larger toy.
- Transformers Armada Unicron with Mini-Con Dead End (2003)
- Transformers Armada Unicron of Light (2003)
- Transformers Energon Unicron (2004)
- Transformers 2010 Unicron (20103)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
|Series||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen|
Dead End is a rather creepy Decepticon with vampiric tendencies. As such, he is not highly appreciated of the other Decepticons and try to avoid him as much as possible. Dead End himself considers his fellow comrades-in-arms as nothing but fuel reserves were he to lack Autobots to drain energy from.
The disastrous result of a failed experiment, the gloomy and vampirics Dead End went on a rampage, looking for spare parts. He attacked three Autobots rookies before being deactivated and repaired by Ratchet. Unfortunately, Dead End soon managed to flee and attacked Bumblebee, who managed to dispatch the Decepticon. He was later recruited into Bludgeon's forces after being fully repaired and mentally sane. This did not last long, however, as Dead End took damage during a fight which reverted him to his primal state.
Dead End appears in the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen PSP game.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Dead End/Detour (2009)
- Dead End transformers into a red and black Peugeot 9009 concept car. In robot mode, he is noteworthy from having a jaw moving independently from the rest of his head. This version of Dead End was known as Detour in some European markets.
- 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Dead End (2009)
- Dead End is a redeco of Sideways with a new head resembling Generation 1 Wildrider's. He transforms into a black Audi R8.
- 'Transformers: Titanium Series Dead End (2009)
- Dead End is a black and red repaint of Titanium Series Jazz. He was only available with the likewise repaint Cliffjumper.
In Shattered Glass, Dead End is a mirror universe version of the Generation 1 character as a scout of the heroic Decepticons.
He is only mentioned by Cliffjumper, who refers to him as an optimistic and pleasant Decepticon.
Transformers: Timelines (2011)
|Sub-group(s)||Convention exclusives, Deluxe Vehicles, Stunticons|
|Partners||Breakdown, Wildrider, Drag Strip, The Motormaster|
Part of an exclusive set for Botcon 2011, this version of Dead End is from the Transformers Animated series. He is based on the Animated Deluxe Jazz mold, and colored to look like the Generation 1 Dead End toy.
- Timelines Animated Deluxe Dead End (2011)
|Alternate Modes||2011 Lancia New Stratos Concept|
Dead End appears in Transformers: War for Cybertron.
- Prime Robots in Disguise Revealer Deluxe Class Dead End (2012)
- ↑ 
- ↑ "Transformers" #22 (1987)
- ↑ Greg Sepelak & Trent Troop (w), Robby Musso (p), Robby Musso & Frank Milkovich (i). "Generation 2: Redux" Transformers Timelines v2, 5 (Summer, 2010), Fort Worth, Texas: Fun Publications
- ↑ Brereton, Erin (2006). Transformers: The Fantasy, The Fun, The Future. Triumph Books. p. 22. ISBN 1-57243-983-1.
- ↑ Transformers Generation 2:, by Karl Hartman, Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 3
- ↑ Beast Wars Sourcebook
- ↑ TFW2005.com - Transformers: Prime Deluxe Airachnid, Ironhide, Rumble, Dead End and Lots More